2015 Gift Guide: White Elephant Gifts That Don’t Suck

Please, think outside the nearest drugstore.

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To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the whole “white elephant” thing—usually because the whole buying-gifts-for-unknown-recipients means that everyone receives cheap, random tchotchkes that they’ll never use (but will collect dust and add to stressful household clutter). That said, if you’re part of a group who commits to doing the blind gifting tradition right, it can work. In my opinion, that means setting a budget of at least $15—but ideally $25—and making the effort to find cool, usable gifts rather than frantically shopping the “As Seen On TV” aisle at CVS. Here, my second-annual list of suggestions (I still stand-by the first annual round-up, too) for some quality white elephant gifts you can bring to your next exchange. (Just use your judgment: If the exchange is with your officemates and half of them are dudes, probably don’t go with the jewelry dish.)
White Elephant Gifts That Don't Suck - Sarrandipity's 2015 Gift Guide

1. Telestrations
This game is AMAZING. I recently bought it and tested it out with my (sometimes difficult-to-impress) friends at our last game night, and it was a hit. I’m obsessed.

2. Wine Glass Writers
I bought these because I have stemless wine glasses and thus can’t use the typical wine charms, but I love them more than the charms anyway. The metallic colors are pretty, they’re fun and easy to use, and three pens suffice for any number of people.

3. Umbrella Ring Dish
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These little trinket dishes are endlessly handy for anyone who wears jewelry (PSA: it holds more than just rings).

4. Ponytail Holders (Set of 15)
A slightly prettier, snag-free alternative to those ribbon hair ties that are everywhere (and that sadly, lose their elasticity too easily for my thick hair…).

5. Silicone Popsicle Molds
I know, I know, the listing says “For Kids.” But trust me, these things are awesome. Fill them with some mashed up fresh fruit (I highly recommend watermelon), or any other food and/or drink you want to experiment with, pop ’em in the freezer, and get some tasty treats out of it.

6. BeeSpa Hand & Foot Cream
This stuff is a dream, especially for those of us who live in cold-weather climates and have to deal with dry air and dryer skin for multiple months out of the year.

7. Country or State Slate Cheese Board

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Go state-specific if the whole group is big on local pride, or keep it general with the USA version.

8. ‘Maison Holiday’ Petite Candle Set
Voluspa candles are my absolute favorite. They smell so good; they’re pretty much impossible to resist.

9. Wood Appetizer & Dip Tray (With Glass Bowl)
Who doesn’t need a good chip-(or appetizer)-and-dip vessel? Even non-entertainers can use it to class-up their post-work snack times.

10. 90s TV Trivia Game
May as well buy one for yourself while you’re at it because, come on.

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Giveaway: A Stylish Soiree Gift Basket From Windy City Bloggers

Because who doesn’t like winning cool things?

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It snowed in Chicago this morning, so allow me to counter that with some better news. This year, I’m participating in The Windy City Blogger Collective’s holiday gift basket campaign. The group, which is an awesome network of Chicago-based bloggers, is giving away five baskets, each with a different theme, like “In the Kitchen” and “Work It Out.” For my part, I was able to connect with Milk Handmade—a boutique in Andersonville that carries everything from handmade jewelry to beauty products, mainly from Chicago-based designers—who so kindly donated three delicious-smelling candles to the “A Stylish Soiree” gift basket. The basket is packed with a ton of other seriously amazing swag, listed below, so do yourself a holiday favor and try to win it (Just go down the list on the Rafflecopter to rack up as many entries as you can).

Enter to win this gift basket organized by The Windy City Blogger Collective and stuffed with goodies to help you celebrate in style and pamper your hostess this holiday season! Valued at over $500 this basket includes:

Enter Here: WCBC A Stylish Soiree Gift Basket Giveaway

You have through December 9 to enter, and winners will be announced on December 11. Fingers crossed!

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We Did It.

We got married!

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It’s been almost three months since Andy and I got married, and it somehow feels both like it was just yesterday and like it was years ago at the same time. Considering our nearly two-year engagement, at times it felt like our wedding day would never come—even the morning before the big day, it didn’t feel completely real to me. And now that our wedding has come and gone, I can’t totally believe it happened. It was a blur of a day (a really kickass day, with almost all of our closest friends and family in the same room—one of the best feelings in the world). Fortunately, our fantastic photographer, Kenny Kim, captured pretty much every amazing, fun, emotional, and hilarious moment—even ones we didn’t know were happening—so we can look back on them whenever we need a reminder that this whole wedding thing wasn’t just a figment of our imaginations. All of Kenny’s photos were unbelievable, but there were more than 1,000 (seriously), and I’m guessing very few of you are invested enough in our lives to want to click through all of that, so here’s a condensed collection of some of our favorite shots (Click on any of the thumbnails to open the slideshow). Enjoy!

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